4.5
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What We Love

  • The vibe manages to be sophisticated without being stuffy
  • Cooking course with Michelin one-star chef Gilles Charpy of Montagu restaurant
  • Some cottages and apartments put you right on the fairway
  • Hydrangeas and rhododendrons bloom on the golf course
  • The Stable Bar, which has walls that once separated horses' stalls

What To Know

  • Not all rooms have the romantic castle view
  • Comfort Club Rooms have no air conditioning
  • The nearest serious shopping is about 22 miles away
  • For nightlife, you will have to drive to nearby towns
  • The pools are very small; Atlantic beaches are half an hour away

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

One glimpse of the on-site castle tells guests that a stay at Domaine de la Bretesche will be out of the ordinary. It’s the property’s block of ivy-covered outbuildings — once the working heart of the castle for blacksmiths and cooks — that houses the hotel rooms.

Visitors often expect rooms to be formal and staid, but inside, riotous reds and rich mole and gold enliven the original stone and wood. With a background in haute couture, hotel stylist Marina Bessé brought a daring sense of color to the property’s 32 individually styled rooms. Designer fabrics, leathers and stone contribute to a high-end ambience.

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While 15th-century visitors to the chateau rode through the nearby woods hunting for quail and hare, current guests are more likely to be looking for a little white ball that went astray. An 18-hole course challenges golfers’ concentration in what has been called the “most beautiful golf course in France, and maybe in the world” (per Golf Courses of the World).

Being a non-golfer, I was content to gaze at the weeping willows on a stroll through parts of the 500-acre property. Others borrow bicycles to explore, make use of the tennis courts or swim in the indoor or outdoor pool. After active pursuits (or perhaps instead of them), schedule a treatment at the Spa Cour Caré, where soft music and natural stone surroundings combine with a medley of herbal aromas to create a relaxing vibe.

Unless you plan to spend all of your time playing golf and eating on-site, a car is highly recommended. To experience more of the area, friendly staff members will help you plot out a drive to sights along the aptly named Côte d’Amour. From the domain of the romantic castle to the Coast of Love, Domaine de La Bretesche makes for a peaceful, rejuvenating getaway.

How to Get There

Hotel & Spa de la Bretesche
Domaine de la Bretesche
Missillac, 44780 France

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 645 Reviews
Lovely grounds, awesome room, great service
jeremypetty1

Lovely grounds, awesome room, great service! Delicious food in the onsite pub. Had drinks in the beautiful courtyard. Super comfortable, air-conditioned room. Overall, a fabulous place to stay. Multi-lingual staff very helpful. Fairly expensive, but worth the splurge!

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Obakery

The start was not best but the maitre de maison have promptly and accordingly taken action to resolved all issues and make us well welcome and professionally create a high standard of customer services

Beautiful grounds terrible service
Jjennifer_rose

When we arrived late due to strike in France we were greeted by an angry, put out man. We stayed here 3 night 4 days.
Our deluxe room was awful. Small. No art on walls. Bad furniture, carpet and drapes.
When asked if we could change rooms we were told very flippantly all rooms are the same.
We ate at the Michelin star restaurant and were treated with inappropriate anger and disrespect by the sommelier because we sent a subpar warm martini back. He made me feel extremely uncomfortable and I could not enjoy my dinner at all.
We were told very abruptly 30 minutes before closing the Brassierre that we could only order starters. The waiter was rude and acted like we were an imposition. We left and went in to Missilac and got a burger.
Although the manager and front desk ladies were nice and helpful we came away from this experience feeling awful. We have never been treated so rude by restaurant staff. They don't seem to care about the hotel guests and providing good service. Not what we are used to with Relais and Chateau properties. I would not recommend this place to anyone.